News

January recap!

Always Watching


Staff

Haider

@LogalGamer is now on his long way to mod, wish him luck!

Nuuuu

@L0rdDrag0 has decided to stepped down, it was fun while it lasted, you helped us a lot Lerdy! Bye!

Fixed™ issues

We were experiencing some technical issues with LogBlock and weren't logging data for about 2-3 days.

For the coders/technical people here, quote from @jomo:

tl;dr: mysql index grew larger than java max integer, causing a ton of problems

Hosts

We were offered a brand new server from an undisclosed™ host! @PanFritz has been hosting us the past 2.5 or so years and has done a great job, everyone give Pan a huge thank you!

What are we getting?

Newer, faster and more secure hardware!
Namely the newest and greatest Intel® Core™ i7-6700 Skylake CPU, 32 GB of RAM, two 500 GB SSDs in RAID 1 and a very nice 1 Gbps connection!

More details to come in the next blog-post either before or after we migrate the servers next week

December recap

It's over! .-.


Not much has happened to the minecraft server itself, actually nothing at all, but there are some things worth mentioning!

Staff

Welcome

@Pepich1851 is now a mod in training! Wish him luck on his way to demotion being a good mod!
@KPkiller1671 has decided to come back! Welcome back to the staff team KP! :D

Bye :c

@ArhurValk has decided to step down, his interests have shifted away from minecraft, none the less it was a great time working with you Arhur!

Website

The website is now secure™, thanks @jomo!
You can find out more information here.
A few website related bugs have also been fixed. (over myah and myah)

There is also a new rule (#9) that you should definitely check out! to the info page we go!


And mainly...

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Overusing formatting may only be allowed on special occasions

Happy (Slightly Early) New Year!

2015 has been an exciting year for us all. Among other things we reached 1000 users, updated the website to https, introduced the mod in training and +developer ranks, celebrated our 2nd birthday and created a public Slack group!

Here are this year's best threads (in my opinion). Please don't necropost on them!:

This lovely compliment.
This interesting request.
This...thing.
This beautiful story x')
This sorcery.
Nemes' wondrous grepping skills.
This bananas idea. I'll let myself out.
This shocking revelation.
When Dico joined for the first time (loljk).
L0rd and Logal's love story.
Nemes the super troll.
top kek.
The 'huepocalypse'.
jomo's gif thread.
Rick's fanart. More please! :D
The Deeeeeeedo Center for Kids Who Can't Type Good.
jomo's set of instructions on how to get OP.
Logal's pretty cool coding project.
The setup thread.
That time I was a complete carrot.
1337!
The spooky scery skelitonz.
When we discovered Nemes' secret job.
When @Barrygold_ became a hero.
Retards on Helium. The video is currently private but hopefully Skril will fix this soon as I have asked him to.
The most magical StrawPoll ever.
Derp.
When we discovered that Redstoner = Illuminati.
This is scary.
The time @TheWildDefender enlightened us all with a picture of his eye.

Wildz Eye

Also not forgetting all the 'story' threads. Total gold, all of them. Oh, and the A...Gamer_ and Jeg crazes.

Here's to a great 2016! Thank you @Mr_RedSheep for the awesome firework display C:

Double email bug fixed

We've long had this bug where people would get two separate emails when someone replied and mentioned them in the same reply.

We have now accepted the first pull request to this very website which fixes the double email bug. Many thanks to @Futsy for submitting it!

Email links are fixed

Yesterday we introduced https to redstoner.com.

There was a tiny bug where links in emails looked like https://redstoner.com:80/..., which is basically trying to use https via an http connection and obviously doesn't work very well:

firefox screenshot

chrome screenshot


The issue has been fixed and links from emails should work just fine again.
Shout out to @LogalGamer who had noticed and reported the issue as well!

Other than that, I've not seen or heard of any problems and there have been more than 150 secure sessions each hour, so there don't seem to be any major issues.

Secure all the things!

Today is a good day. A few hours ago, Let's Encrypt went from closed beta to public beta, allowing us (and everyone else) to get a free SSL certificate.

secure all the things

That means you can now access redstoner.com via encrypted HTTPS instead of plain text HTTP!

Although Redstoner may not be the most intimate website, there are still many reasons why encryption is important, those include protecting your privacy and protecting you from hacking, censoring, or theft attacks. Did you know anyone can take over your website accounts via HTTP on a public WiFi? Of course, global surveillance is also a reason – either directly or indirectly. Anyway, you now log in (and browse) securely!

A+ Grade Security

Qualys screenshot Redstoner

See the results here.

Compare that to Google:

Qualys screenshot Google

Why am I logged out?

Sorry for that, I had to kick everyone out to make sure your insecure sessions are no longer valid. Otherwise there was a change your website account could still be taken over. That's not going to happen again, however.

Redirect to HTTPS

From now on, any attempts to connect to Redstoner via HTTP will be redirected to HTTPS, so you don't have to do anything.
We're also redirecting from subdomains (such as www.redstoner.com) to redstoner.com to keep things simple.

HSTS

We're also using HTTP Strict Transport Security so your browser will remember that redirection. It will automatically switch to HTTPS even before it tries to connect to Redstoner.com

OCSP stapling

Yet another fancy term, meaning Online Certificate Status Protocol, allows us to revoke a (possibly updated, insecure, or compromised) certificate and adds an additional layer of security.

Subresource Integrity

We're also making use of Subresource Integrity which protects you from a compromised CDN (a website that hosts some JavaScript code for us) by comparing a checksum specified by Redstoner.com with the actual checksum of the requested JavaScript file.

Partial encryption & Images

On some pages, your browser might warn you about 'Mixed Content'. It might be displayed as a lock with a warn icon:
Mixed Content

It simply means redstoner.com is fully loaded via HTTPS but some images in the forum were loaded via HTTP.

That's something we can hardly fix, but you can help by embedding images with a https://imgur.com/… or https://puu.sh/… link.

Old devices

Please note that some really old devices or browsers might not be able to access the site anymore. They have serious security flaws and should not be used anymore. Upgrade your browser, if possible.


I'll try to answer any questions in the comments below.

Monthly update #3!

It's a whole new world github repository!


Staff

Promotions!

@Futsy and @psrcek are now full mods! And they have already proven themselves able to fix stuff :P give them a warm welcome to the staff team!

Demotions...

@CyberCreeperXD has stepped down from the mod in training position due to not having enough time. Bye! :c

In-game things

From the perspective of most of you, not much has happened, but in reality quite a lot happened and a lot is going to happen...
That being a complete recode of all our custom plugins!

You can find our new github repo here

Other things worth mentioning

We hit 1500 users! \o/

Nicer domain for public-slack invites slack.redstoner.com!

And lastly, about a week ago I managed to find an old video I for some reason recorded and it just so happens at the date of posting this, its exactly one year old
nostalgia much ._.
+1 to you if you see yourself in the video!

Splash Potions

Due to recent problems involving people abusing illegal "Ban Potions", and then using free VPNs and free MC accounts to evade bans, we've decided that the only viable solution is to remove splash potion effects for any non-staff users. If you continue to have issues with the aforementioned abusers, please report them. Sorry for any inconvenience. Thanks.

Monthly update #2!

All our plugins are Tested™ for stability and reliability!

Staff

Promotions!

  • @L0rdDrag0 is now full mod! \o/ And this time thats sadly all we got on the happy side of things...

The always sad goodbye

  • @bayes32, @MorganEarlJones, @Nyxis, @MathewST and @Codex_Creeper have all stepped down from the mod in training position, mainly for lack of time.
  • @Evanis_ and @MisaXage have retired from their long-time mod position, all I can say is they did a lot, and deserve a big thanks for helping the server get to where we are now! (@Evanis_ has also retired from his position as a developer)

In-game changes

Aliases

is a new alias for /p i
//delete is now an alias for //set air for the worldedit people that wanted it ;)
and of course /colours is an alias for /einfo c for our British English speaking members c:
last but not least, our Linux users get /ls as an alias for /list

Plugins

SignalStrength

Simple enough, look at either a chest, dispenser/dropper, hopper or a furnace and type /signalstrength <number> or /ss <number> and a corresponding amount of items will be put into the inventory so that a comparator read-out will give you a redstone signal strength of the number you specified in the command!

signalz
Idea for this plugin comes from @Armadillo28.

ChatAlias

You can now set aliases for words that you say, for example adding allWorks -> ErrorsEverywhere will automatically replace every phrase allWorks that you send in chat with ErrorsEverywhere! Do /alias for more info!

borken
ErrorsEverywhere... totally not hinting anything...

ImBusy

A handy plugin to notify others that you're busy doing something! /busy for more info.

BUSY

Existing plugins that have changed a bit

Calc

It now ignores lower and upper case letters! Up until now you had to specifically give it 0xffff for it to convert the hexadecimal value into decimal, now 0xFFFF works and also 0xFfFf works :P

Warn

/warn and /warnp now supports permission systems, thus it will be removed from lower ranks than builder.

Tag and Punishments

Although this information is for staff members only, Tag now supports offline players and listing all punished players will print a list of usernames instead of UUIDs

Also big thanks to @Hardfg5000 for helping me test plugins!

Server is back up

Earlier today we encountered an issue with a corrupted chunk in the plot world, and as a consequence the server was down for an hour or so. The problem has been resolved and the server is now back up (yay!). Sorry for any inconvenience.